Land grab to intensify —Mnangagwa

ACTING President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday announced that government will soon intensify its land grab targeting the few remaining white farmers, multiple farm owners and reduce farm sizes as Zanu PF seeks to consolidate its land reform programme and ensure economic stability.

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Addressing Zanu PF supporters in his Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe constituency where he was bidding farewell following his elevation to the post of Vice-President, Mnangagwa said after achieving political stability, government’s new thrust was to resuscitate the country’s agro-based economy.

“Now we are focusing on developing our country. Political stability in our country, this, as Zanu PF, we guarantee. Our country is stable. Our country shall continue to be stable. Our challenge as a nation, as a country is to develop and make sure each family has food on the table,” he said.

“This will happen if you are united. No country will develop without eating. The most important thing as Zanu PF is to support agriculture. In the inclusive government, we had boys with no concern to support farming,” he said.

“Those with multiple farms, we will take them, the few whites on farms, we will look into that and those with big farms, we will cut to size,” he said.

Mnangagwa’s remarks came at a time the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU), which is largely made up of white former farmers, has expressed scepticism over government’s sincerity regarding partnerships between indigenous and white former commercial farmers.

CFU spokesperson Hendrik Olivier recently told NewsDay that white former farmers were still hesitant to enter into partnerships with locals despite recent assurances by Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora.

“Government’s policies over the last 15 years have been inconsistent and sometimes non-existent. Therefore it remains to be seen if there is a turnaround by the government of Zimbabwe to allow previous landowners to engage in farming activities,” Olivier said.

“Why, on the one hand, make this statement, but, on the other hand, there are some commercial farmers on the land today who are being ordered out of the farms by government officials?” queried Olivier.

He added: “It remains to be seen how sincere the government is and if they do approach farmers.”

On January 4 this year, Mombeshora announced a major policy climbdown, saying government would now allow farming joint ventures between new black farmers and white former commercial farmers.

“Joint ventures can be black to black, black to white, black to yellow or red . . . as long people agree on terms of the contract, but we need to see the contract before it is signed because we want to protect both parties and we encourage fair play, not manipulation of one party by the other,” Mombeshora said.

Earlier, President Robert Mugabe had threatened to deal sternly with indigenous farmers who fronted or partnered white farmers.

He has on several occasions threatened to repossess farms from all resettled farmers working with white former land owners.

In his weekend address, Mnangagwa also said government, through the Ministry of Mines, was working to ensure that those into small-scale mining were assisted.

He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also working on ensuring free visa arrangements with friendly countries including China, Japan, India, Russia and others to boost tourist arrivals into the country.

Turning to Zanu PF internal fights, Mnangagwa described disgruntled members pushing for the nullification of the party’s December congress resolutions as “barking puppies” that would not stop the movement of an elephant.

“Puppies will bark. I told you that Zanu PF is like an elephant that is walking. It will not be stopped by barking dogs, the dogs will bark, but it will move through the homestead until it gets to where it can’t hear the sounds of the barking dogs,” he said.

Former Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and other party members who were purged in the run-up to the congress have threatened to take legal action, saying the congress was held unconstitutionally.

28 Comments

  1. The most important thing is eating, say it again our dear and prospective king! More than Lord kirimora himself.

    1. Lord Cremora of Singapore

      Watch out Ngwena.. I am coming back soon. Don’t get over-excited you just acting. I am the real deal.

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  2. Well thats Zanu, I am not surprised, I did question Douglas speech authenticity didn’t I. You would wonder which century we are living in and where we are heading to. It’s disheartening.

  3. Many thanks for admitting on behalf of the ZANU PF government that the land reform, a very noble exercise in itself, was carried out by a vindictive and emotional cabal, hence rendering it “chaotic”. The Sunday Mail had an exclusive exposure of how one colourless former cadre y the name Mutasa was parceling out land to relatives, friends, girlfriends and so on. It’s only being said now because he has fallen out of favour. Since 2000 everything was ok. Now we wait to see who else will fall out of favour soon and we start hearing all the shenanigans. Kana imi vaED, you are vulnerable – only Mugabe is the immune one. Soon, when the ZANU PF machinery is fed up with you and the so-called ‘clean dozen’, you’ll be spewed out. ZANU PF is like a male prostitute that’s very good at protected sex. Once it’s done with a client, out it throws him/her just the same way it throws the condom away and it goes to look for another…

  4. Talk of the jagged chip from the old block. With this kind of seemingly philanthropic assertions means that Mujuru & team will loose their properties, white farmers will be wiped off the farming landscape. These are the same policies that have seen Zimbabweans failing to get decent meals and propagation of the same means death to the Zimbabwean people. How can a prospective king be so flatly reckless with his utterance. We are in a very long summer with these old boys.

  5. If I was going to invest in Zimbabwe I would take one look at that headline a flee the other way. Goodbye FDI. The leadership crisis gets worse day by day. The whole of ZPF should go on a permanent foreign holiday and forget to come home. Do us a favour! 15 years and still destroying, destroying, destroying!!!!

  6. ᴊᴜsᴛ ʙᴇғᴏʀᴇ I sᴀᴡ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴘᴛ ᴏғ $5009 , I ᴅɪᴅɴ’ᴛ ʙᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ…ᴍʏ… ʙʀᴏᴛʜᴇʀs ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ ᴡᴏᴢ ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇʏ sᴀʏ ᴛʀᴜʟᴇʏ ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠɪɴɢ ᴍᴏɴᴇʏ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ sᴘᴀʀᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ. . ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴅᴀᴅs ʙᴜᴅᴅʏ ʜᴀᴅ ʙᴇᴀɴ ᴅᴏɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪs ғᴏʀ ᴜɴᴅᴇʀ ᴛᴡᴇʟᴠᴇ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜs ᴀɴᴅ ᴊᴜsᴛ ɴᴏᴡ ʀᴇᴘᴀʏᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴘᴛs ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ʜᴏᴜsᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ʙᴏᴜʀᴛ Pᴏʀsᴄʜᴇ 911 . ғɪɴᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ʜᴇʀᴇ DOMAIN.COM

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  8. Inconsistent policies and some political statements cause confusion among pple hence the wait and see attitude.How can two or more ministers contradict each other on one issue,eg the price decrease of fuel,The Minister of Energy and Power gave a directive to the fuel supplying companies to reduce the price of fuel by at least 20cents per litre because the world market prices of these products had fallen.When the fuel companies where still trying to adjust the prices, the duty paid for importing fuel went up and prices where increased again.This tells us that we do ot have competent Ministers and The President has to fire such ministers who cause confusion among the people of Zim.

    1. Dindingwe, you expect a world renowned incompetent President to fire his incompetent ministers? Most of these ministers are not qualified for the portfolios they hold. They are there because of their loyalty to Mugabe.

  9. Watch out that your elephant does not get taken down by poachers.

  10. The headline should read “Looting and theft to intensify”

  11. So ED is promising same of the old. What we need now is not more land but more productivity from whoever is able, red, white, grey, blue or yellow.

    The Sunday Mail was full of land distribution shenanigans in Rusape by one Didymus Mutasa. What ore do we not know about the other land barons in the so-called “clean basket”? At least for the first time, the second in command is confessing that the land redistribution exercise was ‘chaotic’. My problem is ZANU PF will never admit to any wrong-doing as long as the hand is deep in the till. Now Mutasa knows that there is not democracy in the party because he has been chucked out. I wonder whether those enjoying Grace’s grace today know that when time is fully come, they also are very good candidates for the dust-bun. And to think that people like Kasukuwere, Hungwe, Jonathan Moyo and many others are actually pushing for the exposure of each person’s role during the liberation struggle, we shall surely hear more. First, Mutasa is being sold out as an old gloating Rhodie, Mujuru was dismissed as never having done anything. We are sure to hear how motor-mouth Chris Mustvangwa and the incomparable Mugabe waged the war of liberation on their own. It seems like there are some people who would like now to rewrite history and tell everyone that they won the war on behalf of all Zimbabweans. The truth which ZANU PF had successfully kept away from public scrutiny is slowly coming out but coming out all the same. Surprise of al wonders is when you will know that for the past 35 years we have been led by BSAP operative who was being educated by the Smith regime while in prison…Kkkkkkkk.

  12. Zanu inoda kuti tidini nhai vanhu veZimbabwe, how many years have they been using this land reform thing. ko varungu vachovarikupi vanongonzi vachiriko, you had so many years in power maidini kuvadzinga then. this shows kuti you hamuina kurongeka vanhu veZanu. this is a government isina kana direction. you talk of land reform mukore uno. vaipanana mapurazi akawanda handiti ndimi. its funny wen big man say silly stuff. land reform is no longer our problem but the way to make this land prosper is our problem. we should seek funding, monetize land and better the agric value chain by opening processing plants and not take more farms, its stupid

  13. Cde Mnangagwa nyaya yamatanga iyi muipedze. Hatikushuvirii rombo rakaipa bodo. Asi look at how further sub-dividing farms has really distorted our hydrological cycle. Lake Mutirikwi harichazari becoz we settled too many people in its watershed- Central Estates also known as Chirumanzu/Zibagwe. Gwenhoro same thing. So rethink Shumba weeee. Ndaombera sekuru

  14. I honestly believe this land issue is almost over. What we need is a comprehensive Land Policy after a thorough land audit.We are against foreign and multiple farm ownership and these are the issues to tackle.Let’s bring this matter to finality please and start serious development for our country. Let us stop this noise about the land issue anymore.

  15. Such talk is sickening indeed, for it is talk of a very dumb and heartless human being , with less regard of the suffering of the population

  16. ᴊᴜsᴛ ʙᴇғᴏʀᴇ I sᴀᴡ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴘᴛ ᴏғ $5009 , I ᴅɪᴅɴ’ᴛ ʙᴇʟɪᴇᴠᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ…ᴍʏ… ʙʀᴏᴛʜᴇʀs ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ ᴡᴏᴢ ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇʏ sᴀʏ ᴛʀᴜʟᴇʏ ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠɪɴɢ ᴍᴏɴᴇʏ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ sᴘᴀʀᴇ ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ. . ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ᴅᴀᴅs ʙᴜᴅᴅʏ ʜᴀᴅ ʙᴇᴀɴ ᴅᴏɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪs ғᴏʀ ᴜɴᴅᴇʀ ᴛᴡᴇʟᴠᴇ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜs ᴀɴᴅ ᴊᴜsᴛ ɴᴏᴡ ʀᴇᴘᴀʏᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅᴇᴘᴛs ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ʜᴏᴜsᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ʙᴏᴜʀᴛ Pᴏʀsᴄʜᴇ 911 . ғɪɴᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ʜᴇʀᴇ >>>>>> W­­W­­W.J­­O­­B­­S­­F­­I­­S­­H.C­­O­­M

  17. Ngilikuti Nyika inobulayisa musataule zekutukilila atungamili. Ali Bamboo Lobert alinani anoulaya maNdewele chete asi uyu bamboo Emason kana mkazi wake nyange anawaks anoulaya futi. Musamutuke plis alindi chiki too much. mazinzwa kuti alova folomani kuti walekela an hu achi bata fish mudamu sei. Howe inobatwa nechilaulo ungailowela munhu iii chiki dzega dzega.

  18. Ngininganyola Mhat yak.

  19. Ngininganyola uli dhodh lemunhu. M’boll yakk.

  20. Bech lamhamhz wak. Nyeen yak. Msatnyak. Dhodh rak.

  21. Zimbabwe is just another African tragedy!!

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